Rain water is good to drink or not?

Philippines
January 12, 2012 12:01am CST
I remember when i was younger ,we drink rained water.Because every time it rained,we did not go to the place we got water an we just do something to have rained water in gallons. So i think since we drunk it before, i did not think that it make us sick.What you think?
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@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
i do not think that you can drink rain water. i believe its not safe.. some rains we got, especially now that we have a terrible weather may be acid rain... if you have tried it before, then maybe the amount you drank was just not enough to cause any sickness at the time.
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
Well, for you and in these days is not allowed to drink but in my days when i was young and living in the province we drink water that is rained and we did not get sick that rained water is feel fresh and cold.It is from above.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Sep 12
hi befrindwithme now da ys the air is full of pollutants and rain picke these up so if you drink it in big cities its really not safe.if the air itself is clean the rain water will be okay to drink.
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@nethwork (31)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Well, I think if you are living in a place where air polution is not a big problem, you could do that. Also, if you are in an island where there is no source of tap water, I think it's a safe to drink that than salt water. Just always remember to say a prayer first before drinking it.
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
Yes i agree i lived in the province that time and yes it taste good ,fresh so i think it is good to do it and i know it is from above and God made it for us.All water we drink in this earth is from above.
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Not so sure if it's really safe to drink. Maybe you are lucky not to get any thing from drinking rain water. Some people might think of boiling the water first before drinking.
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• India
12 Jan 12
Hey enelym01, Ever tasted the rain water ? How sweet it is ? Is it sweet like you ?
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Hi wonderboy, Nope never tasted it. Let's ask befriend if it's sweet.
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
Well,in my experience it taste good and also cold water ,fresh.So i am okay since i tasted it. Maybe you both try
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@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
12 Jan 12
I think is okay if we acciddently drink rain water. Or for people who live in places where they do not have the proper amenities to gain access to proper sanitized water, rainwater is the best option that they have. However, i would say that if we have the choice, we should drink water after it has been boiled. We have all heard about global warming and that the rain water is becoming more acidic. it has been so acidic that some of the monuments has been eroded. Thus, i doubt it would be a good source of water to drink from!
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
I experience to drink this rain water in our province it taste good yes it is feeling fresh cold water.. I think we did not get sick for drinking but it is cold water.
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@beamer88 (4267)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
I've been told rainwater isn't that safe anymore to drink nowadays due to our polluted atmosphere already partly because of too much carbon dioxide emissions and as such had somewhat increased the acidity level of rainwater. I'm really not sure if this is global or concentrated in a few parts of the world but personally, I wouldn't drink rainwater.
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
Well,even the purified water we think i still there is ingredients they put in it,in our province we have water fresh with no mix,a clean water. Rain water in our province i think it taste good and if you are in the city and drink rain water i think is not good..
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@wongchoiyee (7403)
• Malaysia
12 Jan 12
Some of the mylotters here already mentioned acid rain. Please don't drink anymore rain water, I believe its dirty water fall from the sky.
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• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Well,that time i drunk water rained , i live in the mountains so we are far from city.. I think the rained water w i drunk is clean i think because it is from our place mountain.
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• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Sometimes rain water is kinda bit detrimental to our health. Take note that there is what we call an acid rain that can cause diseases. We should bear that in mind. Just be cautious with the weather.
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
It depends not all water has acids in it,the water we drink is no ingredients and it is from above,and in my days we drink water that is from clean water no mix.
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• India
15 Feb 12
There are places in india, where people collect rain water and use it as drinking water, water to bath and washing clothes, one can collect water but it is better to leave the fist 5 minutes the dirt dust poisonous gases gets dissolved in that water.. Professor
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
14 Mar 13
Here some places does not have water and people uses rain water and other source of water for various purposes.
@boyuancy (1709)
• India
12 Jan 12
They say rain water is the purest form of water due to all the evaporation. But unfortunately, the harmful gases in the air pollutes it more than it ever was. So if you are in a village with lots of trees, you might enjoy drinking it, and it tastes like nectar, cool and sweet. But don't ever try to drink it in a city!
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
Yes in the province i did try to drink it it was cold water and even you did not put in freezer its cold but i think is different here in the city.
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
I don't think it is safe to drink rain water right now. Specially at this era. I was safe to drink it when we were younger, like you used to do, because back then, the air is much cleaner. But at this age, with too much pollution all around us, we are more likely to have acid rain which can be dangerous to our health.
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
Well, i think it is great to drink because it is from the province rain water ,and even me before i drink it and nothing problem it taste good and also cold water.
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@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
4 Sep 12
It should be if your drinking it directly from the sky . I would not catch it in a container and then drink it . If you boil it then the water will be okay but I have never drunk it .
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@fantabulus (4005)
• India
18 Aug 12
I think rain water is not good to drink but if this water is going in well then you may drink it. AT the time of playing in rain you can drink but not more.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
14 Aug 12
I don't know if you have to worry about acid rain where you live, but I'm sure if the water is filtered it wouldn't matter either way. It seems like that was the main way some people got water in days gone by so there shouldn't be a major problem with it now.
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@garson (886)
• United States
15 Feb 12
I grew up in a tropical country and I experienced flood when I was growing up. I don't remember if I ever attempted to taste any rain water. Still, I would not really be interested in tasting it. It does not mean that you're going to get sick right away, but it would not be safe. Years since I live in the US, I haven't really experienced much rain. If there is, most of the time, it would not last more than 10 to 15 minutes. Nowadays, I am more into purified water. So forget about tasting rain water.
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@laken02 (3067)
• United States
30 Jan 12
hi, i remember my mom telling us as a little kid about drinking rain water, i dont think it will hurt u , no more then eating homemade ice cream out of snow on the ground if its done in a clean manner.. if i remember correct my mom caught us some rain water and we used it to wash our hair.. not because we had to , i have been very fortunate and have never ever been with out running water or a nice indoor bath room.. my husband was not as fortunate growing up im pretty sure he had it way harder then i did growning up.. so as far as using the rsain water to wash our hair i believe my mamaw hall told mom her mother in law it would make our hair shine and she mama hall was a very wise old bird and when mama hall talked people listned..because people was always stoopinmg by her farm house little white house on a neat little farm.. i miss those days so bad, anyhow she mama hall always went by the signs and almanac for farm crop planting and she had one rule when u visited that u never left her house hungry she always had a big meal prepared right in forn of you to eat.. 3 square meals a day.. er and grand pa hall would go out and work from sun up to sun down she raised 8 kids i believe and prepared the most wonderful looking table full of food.. the ins men ate, the mosionarys ate and any one else she could pull off the street to eat. she always told me that the way to a man's heart is his stomach as she was teasching me how too make big cat head homemade biscuits, and string beans i loved thst job with s needle and thread hang them on her back porch and they later made shucked beans.. witch i never ate or even tryed lol.. and i had my own rule in her house as as a youngester, never go around mama hall's house if she was ringing a chicken;s neck or a hen or rooster for lunch i can see the head on the block now.. ring iots neck to kill it first thank god.. but that was not the bad part , the bad part was the smell her house had after she plucked all the feather off and singed the big bird...yuck i never smelled anything to thus day that had a stinch like that no wonder i was so skinny.. i loved her bis and gravy and very tasty desserts cakes and pies.. so i think rain water wont kill u.. but too much of anythin can be a problem so use in moderation.. happy night to u all..
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@gtdonna (1740)
29 Jan 12
When I was younger we drank rain water too, but back then there were no harmful substances in the air as yet and the water ws very safe. Now I would not even touch the water if I can help it. Half the time it si dirty with stuff inside
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@JohnRok1 (2051)
14 Jan 12
If the rain water got it from the air, then your lungs have been getting it from that same air as you breathe it. But a problem can come from the vessel you collect the rain water in and things getting into that vessel other than by falling from the sky.
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
Water rain is from above,and it is from the clouds and i know it also helps i think,especially if you do not have water,you can also drink rain and if in province i think is okay.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
14 Jan 12
I think Bellis, below, has put it quite well. My other point was that if rain water is contaminated by the air it falls through, and you have to stop drinking the water on that account, maybe you need to stop breathing that air as well! ("Move somewhere else" is easier said than done!)
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
13 Jan 12
I would think with all the polution it the air it would not be safe at all.
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
I think it depends when you are in city ,it is more polluted,and if you are in province is not more polluted.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
16 Jan 12
That may be somewhat true. Plus back when we were kids the air may have been cleaner too.
@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
I don't think that rain water is good for drinking, We should take our safety first. Everybody knows about the acid rain! We need to purify or boil the water first before drinking. And when it rains it is better for us to stay inside our houses to avoid waterborne diseases!
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
I drunk before when i was young i did not get sick of it because it was from our province i think rain water in the city is different and it is polluted i think.
@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
15 Jan 12
before it is safe, but now i don't think it is! just be cautious my friend. Your health is the issue!
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
14 Jan 12
As a child, I used to drink rain water. My mother would catch it to use to wash our hair, but I loved the taste of it. To me, it tasted a lot better than our well water. It never made any of us sick. To make one sick, the rain water would have to have been contaminated somehow. Did you catch the water in a bucket as it came down the down spout? Where did the rain first fall before it came down the downspout? Was the bucket clean that you used to catch the rainwater? If the rain water made you sick, it had to have been contaminated somewhere between the clouds and the container you used to catch the water, or th e contamination could have been in the container. Personally , I believe that whatever made you sick was something else.
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
Yes in my younger days we catch the water in container like we use banana leaves to catch it to go in the mouth of the container,it is funny, Yes its fun haha interesting but i do not know in these days because we do that in province but in the city not yet.